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Comparing the Simple Structure of Plant and Animal Cells part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The lesson is designed for fourth grade students using scientific investigation to identify and compare the basic parts of a plant and animal cells. This activity consists of several steps over a period of several days. It includes student use of microscopes for observations and journals to collect data to identify and classify the basic parts of plant and animal cells. The assessment has an individual component and uses student work.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

What is a Bird? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a mini-lab for primary students to identify the unique characteristics of birds.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity

Sensory Butterfly Garden part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an activity in which students use their senses to describe their garden. This is a guided inquiry lesson.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Investigating Speed and Velocity part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity students will conduct an investigation on speed and velocity by designing a roller coaster model.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Plant Science Inquiry: From Seed to Flower part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a first grade life science activity where the students practice inquiry skills by developing questions about seeds, planting them and noting details about how they change as they grow.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Biology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

FOSS Variables FOSS Lifeboat Investigation: Developing Investigable Question, Investigation (Experimentation), and Communicating Results part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an extension of the FOSS Variables Lifeboat investigation. Students choose a lifeboats variable to investigate, write up an experiment based on the variable to be tested, test the variable, and create a lifeboats investigation poster to share their results.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Physics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Investigating the water cycle "snow fun" part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity students collect snow in a cup, predict how much water will be in the cup when the snow melts. Students are exposed to evaporation as the water "disappears" over time and try to stop this from happening.

Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Subject: Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Measuring and Comparing Matter part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a lab investigation where students gather data about the masses of various solid objects found in a classroom. The students graph their data, compare their data, and draw conclusions about what kinds of materials contain more matter than others.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Physics:General Physics:Measurement/Units
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Inquiry: How herbs change based on growing conditions part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students will create and investigate testable questions about how basil changes based on growing conditions.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Biology, Environmental Science
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

How Does Water Get Polluted? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a hands-on modeling of the effects of pollution on our ground and surface water. Students will observe and record their observations as pollution is placed on the ground in their model and it is rained upon.

Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution, Geoscience
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Demonstration, Activities:Classroom Activity